This is Where
I Change My Story

The Claudia Black Young Adult Treatment Center in Arizona is a groundbreaking, intensive, experientially-based program for young adults ages 18-26 who struggle with emotional trauma, addiction, or dual diagnosis concerns.

Fade the scars of past trauma and start living.

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This is How
We Can Help

At the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, we get right to the core of the presenting issues, whether it is addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety and/or co-occurring conditions. With the clinical expertise of Claudia Black, Ph.D., a pioneer working with both family systems and addictions, we created the foundations of our cutting-edge program that specifically meets the needs of individuals ages 18-26.

Our goal is to assist young adults to embrace the recovery process, wherein they take responsibility for their own emotional, mental, and physical healing; and to facilitate family healing and healthier functioning family system. We believe that in spite of the complexity of mental health and/or addiction issues young adults face, they can launch into a life of accountably for self, greater connectedness within community and family, and at last find meaning and purpose.

Gender Specific Programming

While the program is co-ed, we recognize the strength of gender specific programming and throughout the day many of the groups are gender separated assuring that both the young men and women can share with the vulnerability and emotional safety often not forthcoming with mixed sex groups.

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Experiential Therapy

The Claudia Black Young Adult Center engages young adults in experiential therapies to breakthrough resistances and get to the root of the issues. Patients visually depict their inner world through role plays and action-based exercises which creates insights, emotional releases, lessens denial, and allows for taking accountability for self, and skill building. This creates an internal shift and is more effective than just talk therapy alone.

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Peer Community

In recognizing the developmental needs of young adults, the Claudia Black Young Adult Center fosters a culture of community among peers that enhances accountability and commitment to recovery. In doing so, young adults are able to work through various challenges in treatment, which prepares them for the same challenges in which they will be confronted with on the outside.

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Family Focus

Family programming begins quickly after admission when family participants are engaged in private webinar sessions with a family counselor. These sessions offer an opportunity to build rapport, engage in family recovery practices, and learn more about your young adult’s needs prior to attending our onsite family week.

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Trauma

Trauma can be a single event or a series of traumatic events that are repeated over time causing an individual to become overwhelmed with painful, frightening or loathing emotions. We utilize cutting edge trauma therapies to treat unresolved trauma such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Expressive Arts, Sand Tray, and Neurofeedback. Young adults attend The Meadows signature workshop, Survivors, which explores childhood trauma that impacts present day life. In addition, our young adults have access to the latest and most effective technology designed to promote self-regulation skills that enhance and expedite the recovery process in our onsite Brain Center. These evidence based modalities go one step further than traditional treatment as they address the neuroscience of trauma.

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Addiction

Many individuals with addiction problems may be reluctant to change. Young adults tend to be the least likely to seek professional help for their addictions because they don’t yet see their behavior as a problem. Admitting they have a problem or addiction is the first step. The sooner one realizes there is a problem that needs to be addressed, the sooner he or she can begin the recovery process.

Twelve-step meetings help young adults realize they’re not alone on their journey of recovery. At meetings, individuals have an opportunity to share their feelings and hear other people share their experience, strength and hope.

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Meet
Dr. Claudia Black

Claudia Black, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for her pioneering and cutting-edge work with family systems and addictive disorders. Her work with children impacted by drug and alcohol addiction in the late 1970s fueled the advancement of the codependency and developmental trauma fields. Dr. Black’s passion to help young adults overcome obstacles and strengthen families built the foundation of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. Not only is Dr. Black the clinical architect of this groundbreaking treatment program, she is also actively involved with the treatment team, patients, and their families.

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Conditions We Treat. Recovery Is Possible.

Emotional Trauma
Trauma

Clients have often experienced a range of traumas from those that are more acute such as serious injury, sexual assault, the witnessing of abuse to bullying, extreme criticism, and/or subject to parental discord. Trauma is the body and brain’s response to a severe and painful experience that overwhelms the ability to cope.

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Substance Abuse
Addictions

Drug addiction can lead to a number of mental and physical disorders. If the addiction is left untreated, unrestrained drug use will persist despite its overwhelming and often demoralizing consequences on individuals and their families.

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Mental Health
Mental Health

Anxiety disorders share the common symptoms of excited, intense and enduring fear or concern in circumstances where a person typically wouldn’t feel scared or worried.

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  • "Our mission at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is to assist young adults in realizing their potential and to help them and their families forge recovery paths."
    Dr. Claudia Black

Take a Tour of the
Claudia Black Young Adult Center

Spread across a 14-acre campus 50 miles northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission. Many of our patients feel that the peacefulness of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center reinforces their mindset for recovery.

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